First off, let me say that, as a permanent user, I haven't felt bad about my service. Yes, it's occasionally slowed down, and I've seen the occasional problem, but even when I was paid and free before that, I saw these things, noting that they were infrequent. Also, I've been aware, since the beginning, that this is a volunteer-run deal, and that. as such, these people are making my site work, ad-free, on their own time. Thus, I'm happy for their work, happy enough to deal with the occasional hiccup. Add to that the fact that I keep up with the lj_maintenance community, and thus am generally forewarned about things happening, or at least I've got explanations soon after.
The petition also says that if LJ cannot handle the traffic generated by the free users, then maybe it's time to make LJ a paid-only service, or at least time to limit free users. Now, it's true that, as of today, 94% of LJ is free (Those of us paying for it are carrying the rest of you. Come on, it works out to $2 a month, for a year...once a month, eat a peanut butter sandwich instead of fast food for lunch, and you're in the clear). But anyway, I have to agree a little, but I understand. The site isn't gonna go anywhere unless it grows, and to make it do so, you have to improve things...which means dividing your time. besides, they're hoiping to bring in more people who will PAY for an account, since all of YOU guys apparently aren't gonna do it.
Whatever. I think signing a petition for this is even more pointless than the normal online petition. Besides, as stated, my account works fine...I'm not unhappy. If you think you, as a paid user, might want to sign, that's your prerogative...but stop and think about the situation before you do, will ya?